John Caulfield (253) 983-7703 • Fax (253)
City Manager


Jan. 30, 2015


To: Mayor and Members of the City Council

From: John J. Caulfield, City Manager

Topics of Interest and Updates

City of Lakewood 12th Man Flag Raising

Although Jermaine Kearse was 1,000 miles away preparing for the biggest showcase in professional sports, that didn’t stop him from relaying a direct message to his hometown of Lakewood.

On Friday, Jan. 3, during one of hundreds of Blue Friday celebrations taking place throughout Western Washington for the Seattle Seahawks, the City of Lakewood ceremoniously raised its 12th Man Flag in front of City Hall, led by Mayor Don Anderson.

The day was also a chance for the 100 or so people who attended to celebrate Kearse, the Lakes High graduate and Seahawk whose overtime touchdown catch in the NFC Championship punched Seattle’s ticket to Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. Throughout the crowd, people held up large signs bearing the Sports Illustrated   cover that featured Kearse’s now-iconic catch. Others wore his jersey. Find out what Kearse said  .

#TGIBF at Senior Center

City Hall wasn't the only place that was jumping with #GoHawks pride on Friday. The Lakewood Senior Acivity Center members also sported their Seahawks pride. The News Tribune stopped by and took pictures in a story that's scheduled to appear in the Feb. 1 issue. The newspaper also produced this great video  of our #TGIBF members showing some moves. Check it out!

13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance

Hey Daughters and Dads , don’t forget to sign up for the Annual Father/Daughter Dance.

  • WHAT: City of Lakewood's 13th Annual Father/Daughter Dance
  • WHEN: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sautrday, March 14
  • WHERE: Lakes High School, 10320 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood
  • COST: Preregistration $35 per couple, $10 per additional daughter; At the door $45 per couple, $15 per additional daughter
  • REGISTER: Visit   or call (253) 983-7887

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Registration Now Open for SummerFEST Triathlon

Registration is officially open for the 4th Annual Lakewood SummerFEST Triathlon. The event is scheduled for July 11 at the renowned Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood and is open to participants 15 years and older. The course consists of:

  • Half-mile swim starting and ending from the shore at American Lake Park
  • 14-mile bike course looped through the streets of Lakewood, Steilacoom, JBLM and Pierce County
  • 3.1-mile run at Fort Steilacoom Park

The race will start at 9 a.m., along the shore of American Lake (9222 Veterans Drive SW) and end at Fort Steilacoom Park (8714 87th Ave SW). Register in the next two months and get the early rate: $40 for Hero (military, police, firefighter); $50 for individual and $120 for team.

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Clover Park School District Releases Overview Video

The Clover Park School District (CPSD) has released a two-minute video   that provides an overview of CPSD and its programs, staff and students The video also features two testimonials from parents whose children currently attend CPSD schools. In addition to the video, interactive video clips in English and Spanish provide answers to frequently asked questions. The video and interactive clips provide useful information for current residents and families new to the Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord communities.

Annual City Employee Chili Cook-Off

The City of Lakewood held its annual employee chili cook-off Tuesday, Jan. 27. We chose our favorite recipe, produced by Assistant City Manager of Administrative Services Tho Kraus herself, to enter the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce's Annual Chili Cook-Off. That's right, we're coming, and we're bringing our chili with us.

West Pierce: Explosion, Fire in Lakewood

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, West Pierce Fire & Rescue was dispatched to an explosion at 112th Street S / Steele Street S.  Multiple reports came in as a large explosion was heard and a fire had broken out at the Pick N Pull vehicle salvage yard, located at 2416 112th Street S. There were no injuries reported during this incident. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. For more information: 

Council Meetings

The City Council will be holding a regular meeting on Monday, February 2, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • 2-2 SBCT presentation – Colonel Louis Zeisman, Commander, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
  • Youth Council Report
  • Clover Park School District Report
  • Setting March 2, 2015 as a public hearing on RTA amendments
  • Adopt Substitute Ordinance No.  591 relative to subdivisions
  • Approve code amendments re: Planning Commission name change
  • Declare canine Koda as surplus property.
  • Approve a Greater Lakes mental health professional contract.
  • Authorize a settlement with Multicare

The City Council will be holding a study session on Monday, February 9, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street SW.  Agenda items for the meeting include:

  • Review of amendments to Six Year Transportation Improvement Plan
  • Community Visioning update
  • Review of citizens’ advisory boards, committees and commission Work Plans